Of course, I set out to make my own version. I knew if I got a "real" trench coat - knee length and all - I wouldn't use it that much. Long jackets just make my 5'2" self look even smaller.
So I was pretty psyched when I came across this trench coat - esque jacket a few months ago at TJ Maxx. It was $19.99 and I knew exactly what I was going to do with it
I have a huge stash of studs by default, but you can find studs all over the internet - my absolute favorite source for studs is Studs-and-Spikes.com ! They have a really awesome selection. You can also try Ebay or Etsy, or even take apart some old studded belts.
I used 3 different kinds of silver spike and cone studs; each of them had prongs that are meant to pierce through fabric, and bent in with pliers
A step-by-step for this project would be extremely redundant, so here's a quick run through of what I did:
On each side of the sleeve's seam, I made 2 columns of studs - so 4 columns total - starting at the shoulders. I used round nose pliers to bend in the prongs. When all was said and done, there was a total of 16 rows; I made the first top half entirely of the bigger cone studs, while the second half consisted of two kinds of cone studs.
For the most part I eyeballed the placement of the studs, but I also used a ruler and a charcoal pencil for some more of the meticulous measuring between studs.
I decided to cover the pockets with leather, so I traced the pocket flaps onto soft black leather. I might add some additional leather elements to the coat at a later date.
Another view of the sleeve.
And one more view!